procreate

verb
pro·​cre·​ate | \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce procreate (audio) \
procreated; procreating

Definition of procreate

transitive verb

: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate

intransitive verb

: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

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Other Words from procreate

procreation \ ˌprō-​krē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ noun
procreative \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ adjective
procreator \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of procreate in a Sentence

Animals have a natural instinct to procreate. the common perception that our Puritan forebears procreated more out of a sense of duty than from desire
Recent Examples on the Web Around the world, women who don’t procreate are often stigmatized, labeled unusual, unfulfilled and unhappy. New York Times, "Women Who Said No to Motherhood," 3 May 2021 By most accounts, Fields’ non-committal attitude isn’t true, but April rumors procreate, GMs bite their nails, and visions of Ryan Leaf dance in their heads. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: April is Liars Month in NFL, and Justin Fields appears to be latest victim," 17 Apr. 2021 Still, the instinct to procreate is a powerful motivator, sometimes prompting breeding females to leave the forest's shelter despite the risks. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, Travel + Leisure, "Deep in Uganda's Kyambura Gorge, An Endangered Group of Chimpanzees Has Survived Against All Odds," 20 Mar. 2021 Although Gridley had initially planned to go alone, he was persuaded otherwise by the combination of Martha’s charms and a provision of his father’s will requiring him to procreate to inherit his portion of the family estate. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Doomed Romance’ Review: An Ideal Relationship," 5 Mar. 2021 Though there was an assumption that people would take the opportunity to procreate while stuck at home, instead the U.S. has reported large declines in birth rates for December 2020, nine months after lockdowns began in March. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Yes, The COVID “Baby Bust” Is Real — Unless You’re Rich," 3 Mar. 2021 Cinderella existed in an alternate universe where Brandy could be a princess, and Victor Garber and Whoopi Goldberg could procreate to make a Filipino Prince Charming (Paolo Montalban). Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "A Double Hot Take On Bridgerton, Race & Romance," 29 Dec. 2020 In the tech sector, in particular, a long-running war for highly skilled talent has led to a kind of arms race of rich benefits for those who procreate or adopt. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Can companies help working parents without alienating everyone else?," 29 Dec. 2020 An endangered bird species can’t procreate without a particular type of tree hole, so scientists are trying to build it artificial ones. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of procreate

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for procreate

Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare, from pro- forth + creare to create — more at pro-, create

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The first known use of procreate was circa 1525

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“Procreate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procreate. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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procreate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of procreate

formal : to produce children or offspring

procreate

verb
pro·​cre·​ate | \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce procreate (audio) \
procreated; procreating

Medical Definition of procreate

transitive verb

: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate

intransitive verb

: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

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